Everything listed under: Ask An Expert Home Studio Set Up - Some A’s to your Q’s After our recent #AskAnExpert series on Reels, I received a reader question I wanted to share: What's the average cost of a home studio set up? What editing tools are available for free to create a rough draft of what I want to cut down on the time a reel editor will take to modify my work? To get... Read More... October 9, 2018 ... How Much Footage Do You Need for a Reel? What if your acting career still has the new car smell? What if you’re a veteran in the industry with many of years of work but are still working toward that breakout role? Creating your own work is much more accessible now, but you need to do it the right away. Read More... September 11, 2018 ... Classic Mistakes Actors Make When Creating Their Reels It's easier to critique than it is to create. This phrase recently inspired me—which is why you may recognize it from Instagram! While at that time I had another interpretation in mind (that all-so-important thick skin actors need), the sentence hit me on the side of the head again today as I reflect on actor reels... Read More... August 28, 2018 ... The Basic Elements of a Kick-Ass Actor Reel Attention spans are arguably at an all-time low. It's soooo easy to swipe, scroll, click away from one thing and onto the next shiny object. We all do it, which is why it's so important you keep that from happening with your actor reel. Read More... August 21, 2018 ... Your Actor Reel: What’s the Point? Operation "Get Cast" underway? To help you get your package together, it's important to understand the role of the reel. We turned to Kristina Latour, who's considered the industry's demo reel expert for actors and knows what performs best for the decision-makers who will get you booked. Read More... August 14, 2018 ... How to Get the Best Reputation on Broadway This week, I'm pleased to share a guest blog from my friend, Bret Shuford. Bret has dedicated his life to creating theatre. Most recently, he played Robbie in Cirque Du Soleil’s Paramour. Other credits include other Broadway shows, national tours, and principal roles in feature films; including Martin Scorsese's The Wolf Of Wall Street. Read More... August 7, 2018 ... You Booked Your First VO - Now What? Y o u d i d i t ! You booked your first VO job. When you’re ready to prepare, you’ll want to have a sense of what to expect so you can feel calm, collected, and carrying yourself like a seasoned professional. To help, here's a sneak peek of what happens behind those doors (or screens, if you’re submitting digitally). Read More... July 31, 2018 ... Do You Need a VO Reel to Book VO Work? It’s a chicken:egg paradox. Do I need a reel to book work? Do I need a body of work to create a reel? As you get started in the VO world, you might be tempted to run out and create a reel for day one - but that’s not always a good idea. Read More... July 24, 2018 ... What to Expect at a Voiceover Audition You’ve taken classes, done your research, reflected on which piece of the VO pie you’d like to start on, and even reached out to your existing agent about representation for voiceover jobs. I’m so proud! Now, at some point, it’s time to get out of preparation mode and get to “doing” it. And that means it’s time to audition. Depending on the kind of job... Read More... July 17, 2018 ... Do you Need a Separate Agent for your Voiceover Career? A common question for any format of acting, and that includes voiceover, is around the need for representation. And VO has its own set of answers! When do you need an agent? What if you already have traditional representation? In which cases can you serve as your own? And why might these answers vary depending on where you live? Read More... July 10, 2018 ... What are the Different Types of Voiceover Gigs? This week, we’re talking about the different kinds of voiceover work. You know what? There’s way more out there than just animation. Although animation is pretty awesome, this means there are a lot more VO jobs than you may initially think. And some of these areas can also be quite fun and lucrative, too. Read More... July 3, 2018 ... Do You Need to Take Class to be a Voiceover Artist? Spoiler alert: you do need to take classes. But I want you to understand why it's important to acquire certain skills before your first voiceover audition. Upfront training as well as other investments, like equipment, will help you enter the VO world with confidence and professionalism. And you'll have the benefit of... Read More... June 26, 2018 ... 3 Steps to Take Now to Start your Voiceover Career Greetings, aspiring Voiceover Champions of the World! Now that we’ve established the necessary groundwork for starting a VO career, it’s time to get to “doing” — and with Elise’s guidance, you’ll learn three steps that you can get started on immediately. That’s fast, even by NYC standards. What’s better than some instant gratification? Read More... June 19, 2018 ... What You Need to Know Before Starting a Voiceover Career One of the best parts of creating an #AskAnExpert series for the AW community is the chance to come away from it knowing (way) more than I did before, and this new series is chock full of those kinds of lessons. Despite my many years as a professional actor, the voiceover area is one that I just didn’t know much about. And VO is hot right now! Read More... June 12, 2018 ... I’m on Social Media - Do I Need a Website? If you've been following along the past six weeks, you understand the important role social media can play in your acting career. Now you might be wondering whether you need a website as well, and how do all of these pieces of the puzzle work together? Read More... April 17, 2018 ... Can An Actor Get Cast from Social Media? You’re tweeting/posting/commenting like a boss and getting into a groove with your social media. Well, sort of. Maybe you’re stuck in the gap between “this is a lot of work!” and “this is a lot of fun!” and wondering... can this whole #BeSocialMediaSavvy stuff really impact your career in a tangible way? Read More... April 10, 2018 ... Should Actors Reach Out to Casting on Social Media? Social media can make Casting Directors and other gate keepers more accessible than ever, but it’s natural to wonder if that's a double-edged sword. How do you handle the new accessibility in a strategic (and positive) way for your career - without stepping on any toes?Thankfully, I’m back with social media superhero Heidi Dean to discuss the three things to ALWAYS think about before you reach out, which kind of platforms better lend themselves to this interaction, and more. ... Read More... April 3, 2018 ... The “F-Word” of Social Media Posts: Frequency Let’s get right to the point. We're diving into the Collective Obsession over how often and when to post on social media. And truly, all of us who use social for our careers fall into this rabbit hole at one point or another - especially with the new and ever-evolving platform algorithms. Read More... March 27, 2018 ... What to Post on Social Media for Your #Actorslife “Social media is amazing for your acting career!”*Internal voice: I hate selfies. I don’t book enough work yet. I don’t do “Cool Actor” things. Do I have to take pictures of my plate at dinner now?*What’s an actor to do? Read More... March 20, 2018 ... How to Choose a Social Media Platform for your Acting Career I'm back with the super awesome Heidi Dean for the latest edition of our #BeSocialMediaSavvy series!If you watched last week’s episode, then you know how important a strong social media presence can be for your #actorslife. And if you’re like me, you probably wondered which platforms will help your career the most. Never fear! In today’s episode, Heidi gives the low down on how to choose the platforms best for you. Read More... March 13, 2018 ... 3 Reasons Social Media is Crucial for your Acting Career Honesty time: social media platforms can be tiring and confusing, not to mention seemingly ever-changing. As actors, we “know” we need to use them, but what exactly does that mean? And come to mention it: WHY? Read More... March 6, 2018 ... When to Move to NYC or LA When should an actor move to a bigger market like New York or Los Angeles? Melanie Forchetti, a producer, writer, and the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, gives her advice. Wherever you live, you'll appreciate these insights. Read More... October 10, 2017 ... The Importance of a Great Actor Headshot How important is your headshot? Melanie Forchetti breaks it down with specific notes on which headshot to use and when, what to look for in your headshot photographer, and more. Read More... October 3, 2017 ... The Difference Between Commercial and Film Auditions Melanie Forchetti explains the differences between commercial and film auditions that every actor should know. Get ready to bring your audition preparations to the next level and check out the next video in our #AskAnExpert series Read More... September 26, 2017 ... How to Build Relationships with Casting Directors Our next #AskAnExpert Series features Melanie Forchetti - producer, writer, and the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting in Philadelphia. Today she shares ways for actors to build relationships with casting directors. No generic advice here - she shares her valuable perspective on Read More... September 19, 2017 ... Marketing On a Budget You hear it all the time: Actors need to market themselves online. But just how do you do it when money is tight?Never fear! Here are some cheap (and free!) ways you can market yourself to become the actor that everyone is talking about. Read More... June 20, 2017 ... Do This Before Trying to Get an Agent Q: How long should I wait before getting an agent? —Iesha W., Arizona The truth is, there are no hard and fast rules on how long you should wait before seeking representation. If you’re brand-new, with no professional experience, but have a very specific look or type, you just might luck out, get awesome reps immediately, and book a lead in a blockbuster right out of the gate. While that could happen, it probably won’t. I’m not going to sugarcoat this for you: Why would an agent agree to rep an actor who has zero professional experience? They have plenty of proven actors on their roster who are known in the industry and already book work. Click here to read my advice on Backstage.com! Read More... May 30, 2017 ... Why All Actors Should Have a Personal Website In this digital age, Google is everyone’s best friend; when we want to learn more about something, we look it up! The same principal applies to actors. Any casting director, agent, or manager will search for an actor and expect to see information on them. I sat down with the folks at Backstage to talk about being an actor in the Age of Google. Read More... May 23, 2017 ... How to Prep for an Audition My #AskAnExpert series continues with producer, writer, and casting director, Melanie Forchetti! Melanie is currently the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, and is producing two feature films and a TV show. Today I got the inside scoop on how to prep for auditions.Watch the video to get her tips! Read More... May 9, 2017 ... 5 Tips for a Great Audition I'm super excited to continue my #AskAnExpert series with the awesome producer, writer, and casting director, Melanie Forchetti! Melanie is currently the head casting director at Mike Lemon Casting, and is producing two feature films and a TV show. I sat down with her to get some tips for a great audition.Watch the video to get her 5 top tips! Read More... April 18, 2017 ... How to Prioritize as a New Actor How do you prioritize what to do as a new actor? —Lauren S., WashingtonAnyone new to acting is undoubtedly excited to launch their career. But to avoid frustration and spending a lot without tangible results, you need to prioritize how to spend your time and money. There are four steps to make the best use of your resources for the long haul. Read More... March 21, 2017 ... Is Your Headshot Getting Seen By Agents? So... you researched your photographer, did your homework and prepared for your shoot, used natural light, and ended up with a kick-ass headshot. But, is your awesome new headshot getting seen by agents?In today's post, Guest Expert Mark Bennington shares his tip for getting an agent's eyes on your new headshot. Watch the video below to get the scoop! Read More... July 12, 2016 ... Do You Look Like Your Headshot? It is super important that you look like your headshot when you walk into a casting office. In today's post, Guest Expert Mark Bennington shares which type of lighting is the best for looking like the real you... On a good day, of course! ;)Watch the video to find out! Read More... July 5, 2016 ... How To Choose A Headshot Photographer My #AskAnExpert Guest Expert Mark Bennington is back this week with some great tips on how to choose a headshot photographer.Watch the video below to get the scoop! Read More... June 28, 2016 ... How To Prep For Your Headshot Session I'm back with the super-talented headshot photographer, Mark Bennington. If you missed it, last week Mark talked about what makes a great headshot. Today, I wanted to ask him a question that used to drive me a little cuckoo, and maybe you can relate: How should I prepare for my headshot session?Watch the video below to find out his advice: Read More... June 20, 2016 ... 3 Tips For A Great Headshot I'm so excited to kick off my very first #AskAnExpert series with the super-talented photographer, Mark Bennington. Mark has been recognized by Backstage as one of the top ten headshot photographers in the entire country, so I wanted to sit down with him to get the scoop on what makes a great headshot.Watch the video to get his 3 tips! Read More... June 14, 2016 ... Actor and web designer Amy Russ helps actors showcase their cast-ability, personality, and professionalism with simple, effective, and affordable websites. Grab her free Rock Your Website Success Tips here.